Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Decision on the North Lakeside planning application by Eastern Area Planning Committee

RESOLVED that the Head of Planning and Countryside be authorised to make representations at appeal that planning permission should be granted subject to conditions and planning obligations to secure the following:

1. The provision of on-site affordable housing comprising ten units of affordable housing.

2. The provision and transfer to the Council (with commuted sum) of public open space.

3. The addition of a condition to restrict vehicular access to the anglers’ car park at the end of The Green to anglers only.

To authorise the Head of Planning and Countryside to enter into a legal agreement under Section 106 of the Town and Country Act 1990 to secure the above Heads of Terms.

Full minutes of decision at http://decisionmaking.westberks.gov.uk/mgAi.aspx?ID=35139

Decision on Lakeside planning application by Eastern Area Planning Committee

RESOLVED that the Head of Planning and Countryside be authorised to make representations at appeal that planning permission should be granted subject to conditions and planning obligations to secure the following:

1. A contribution towards the extension of the new (to be constructed) Theale Primary School to enable the extension of the school by 0.5FE.

2. The provision of on-site affordable housing comprising 27 units of affordable housing, together with an overage clause to trigger a later stage viability review.

3. The provision and transfer to the Council (with commuted sum) of public open space.

4. A travel plan.

5. Improving the two nearby bus stops with the provision of fully enclosed bus shelters with high kerbing and relocation of the eastbound bus stop, with the footway to the westbound bus stop widened to 2 metres in width.

6. The provision of pedestrian and cycle route from the site to Station Road (running parallel and adjacent to the A4).

7. Provision of a pedestrian crossing facility within Station Road.

8. Secure master planning and phasing of the development at the first reserved matters application. 

To authorise the Head of Planning & Countryside to enter into a legal agreement under Section 106 of the Town and Country Act 1990 to secure the above Heads of Terms.

Full minutes of the decision: http://decisionmaking.westberks.gov.uk/mgAi.aspx?ID=35138

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Brewery Court Bus Stop in Theale ouout of use 26th to 28th Jan

The Reading bound Brewery Court bus stop will be out of use from Thursday 26 January until Saturday 28 January 2017.

This is due to work by Thames Water.

A temporary bus stop is located about 30 yards further along Theale High Street.

Friday, 20 January 2017

Appeals for the two Lakeside planning applications in #Theale scheduled for 9th February

The Informal Hearings to determine this Appeal will open at 10.00am on 9th February 2017 and will be held at Newbury Rugby Football Club, Monks Lane, Newbury, Berks RG14 7RW.


The Hearings are scheduled for 2 days.

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Two Lakeside planning applications in The Green, Theale, to be discussed at the Eastern Area Planning Committee on Wed 18th January

Two Lakeside planning applications in The Green, Theale, to be discussed at the Eastern Area Planning Committee on Wed 18th January. The following applications have gone to appeal due to "non determination" but the Council needs to decide what its decision would have been:
Application No. & Parish: 15/02842/OUTMAJ - Lakeside, The Green, Theale
Proposal:
Outline application for Residential development of up to 325 houses and apartments (including 70 extra-care units) with associated access, parking, amenity space and landscaping. All matters reserved.
Location: Lakeside, The Green, Theale
Recommendation:
DELEGATE to the Head of Planning & Countryside to make representations at appeal that planning permission should be granted subject to conditions and planning obligations.
Application No. & Parish: 16/01846/OUTMAJ - North Lakeside, The Green, Theale
Proposal:
Residential development comprising the erection of 25 dwellings with associated access, parking and landscaping works. Matters to be considered Access.
Location: North Lakeside, The Green, Theale
Recommendation:
DELEGATE to the Head of Planning & Countryside to make representations at appeal that planning permission should be granted subject to conditions and planning obligations.
I will not be able to attend the meeting as I will be away on a long-planned trip abroad. However, I have objected to both applications.
The meeting will be held at The Calcot Centre, Highview, Calcot (off Royal Avenue) and will start at 6:30pm.

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

My representation against the Theale Lakeside planning application appeal

Appeal reference APP/W0340/W/16/3159722
Representation by:
Alan Macro
Councillor for Theale
West Berkshire Council

The site is a prominent one on the edge of the village of Theale. It is separated from the North Wessex Downs AONB by the A340. It forms the setting to Theale when approaching on the A4 from the Newbury direction, from the A340 and when entering Theale from these directions. A development of this edge-of-village location should provide a “soft edge” to the village, marking the change from AONB and countryside to the more suburban nature of this end of the village.

The proposed development is not suitable for this edge-of-village location adjacent to the AONB because:
  • ·       It is of high density
  • ·       It contains three, four and five storey accommodation blocks that will dominate views from approaches to the village and from the AONB. These multi-storey blocks are required to achieve the number of units in the proposal.
  • ·       The proposed four-storey sheltered housing block will dominate views when approaching from the Newbury direction and from the AONB.
  • ·       The proposed four-storey apartment blocks alongside the Theale bypass (A4) will dominate and block views into the site from this busy road
  • ·       Its layout is mainly of an unsuitable urban grid-pattern of roads.

It would not therefore form the required soft edge to the village and would adversely affect the setting of the AONB.

The lake forms an important part of the site and its setting is very important. The proposed multi-storey apartment blocks on the south side of the lake are inappropriate as they would dominate the landscape and form a high and hard backdrop to views across the lake from the north and east.
The proposed access the to the angler’s car park would provide a short cut for pedestrians from the proposed development to access The Green (to get to Theale Green School or the library, for example). This would be to the detriment of the amenity of residents of the housing alongside this unmade-up lane.

Residents of the proposed four-storey apartment blocks adjacent to the Theale bypass would be subject to disturbance by significant traffic noise. Residents of the upper floors of these blocks would look out over the rail depots and associated industry on the other side of the bypass, as their windows would be higher than the trees screening the depots.